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The Floods of Knith

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The Floods of Knith is a captivating story about animals in a jungle that is bound to appeal to readers of all ages. A jungle-based fable with animal characters, incorporating principles of systems thinking. Billibonk, the elephant, and Frankl, the mouse, try to find out why the river is flooding. They discover that conflict between herons and hippos is upsetting the way a lagoon works. Billibonk and Frankl have to find a way to resolve the conflict and have herons and hippos work together.

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By Philip Ramsey A jungle-based fable with animal characters, incorporating principles of systems thinking. Billibonk, the elephant, and Frankl, the mouse, try to find out why the river is flooding. They discover that conflict between herons and hippos is upsetting the way a lagoon works. Billibonk and Frankl have to find a way to resolve the conflict and have herons and hippos work together.
  • This is the third book in the Billibonk and Frankl series.
Billibonk and Frankl series books:
  1. Billibonk and the Thorn Patch
  2. Billibonk and the Bugs
  3. The Floods of Knith
  4. The Dark Jungle
Systems Thinking Resources and Tools
  • Access supporting materials for the Billibonk book series, including videos and posters here.
  • For more resources about how to incorporate and discuss systems thinking concepts in the classroom or with your children, please visit the System Dynamics Society's Pre-College Education Special Interest Group (SIG) page.
The Floods of Knith
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-935056-25-6
  • Digital ISBN: 978-1-935056-26-3
  • Published by the System Dynamics Society, 2023
  • Recommended age: 9-11 years old, but this is very flexible.

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Paperback, EBook

2 thoughts on “The Floods of Knith

  1. An engaging story for children, on many fronts – tension and intrigue, value of friendships, communication, beliefs, personalities, appreciative inquiry, perspective taking, environmental issues, and of course systems thinking. The layers of deeper meaning were tremendous. I loved the thought-provoking summaries and the profound ‘lessons’ about appreciative ways of interacting with others. There were ‘messages’ that children could take on, but also multiple deeper messages for adults on personal and work-related relationships.
    I’m thinking of ways to bring it into my teaching about professional learning and dealing with change…
    Thanks again for the fascinating and thought-provoking book.

    Jenny Poskitt, Associate Professor at Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa – Massey University in New Zealand

  2. The Floods of Knith is the third in a series of four Billibonk story books that were cleverly designed to be wonderful examples of the interconnection of complex systems. Intended for children, the stories provide an excellent vehicle for a discussion of how feedback produces the problematic behavior that evolves in the story. Moreover, the analysis of that feedback allows the main characters, Billibonk, the elephant, and his friend Frankl, the mouse, to ultimately uncover strategies to mitigate the problem in the system story. The stories lend themselves to using CLDs or stock-flow diagrams to understand the problem. We need more stories like these, written by systems thinkers, to build ST capacity in ourselves and our children.

    Diana Fisher, VP of Pre-College Education, System Dynamics Society

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